Mentally Anticipating the New Year
The New Year’s around the corner and festivities are at their highest. Resolutions are in the air, hope is on the rise – 2019 is almost here! The excitement is palpable – and so is the fear.
It’s understandable. After several years of trying to make the “It’s my year!” happen – and then having your hopes come crashing down. It’s understandable why some people choose not to hope – or some try to, but have a ready expectation for things to go left.
No year comes with a guarantee of smooth sailing; but there is always time for things to change. Often, the plans we set for a time ahead of us take a backseat when life comes with its own agenda. Most of the time we’re left with nothing but “winging it” to navigate the madness, and it leaves us tired. Confused. Disillusioned.
Throw in the turbulence that is the 20s and you’ve got every reason to feel apathetic about the prospects of a New Year.
That’s the thing with life. Things go up, they go crashing down – but they don’t stay there. This year may not have been the one for you, but it doesn’t end here. The next couple of months might not be the one for you, but it most definitely will not end there.
That’s the thing about this life – it’s a compilation of phases. We get the great phases that we never want to end; and the worst ones that never seem to end. One thing that is a guarantee is that they don’t last forever.
This piece is for anyone who’s tried to get their mojo back and believe for the best time and time again. This is for the people who’ve lost their hope and aren’t sure when things are going to become better again. This is for anyone who can’t help but have that sliver of hope, that the sun will come out eventually. It’s for all of us; because who doesn’t want a year where they don’t have to worry? To fight? To live it second by second?
I believe that better does come – for all of us. There are periods of time in our life where we’ll always feel like we haven’t done enough. There will be points where, ourselves, won’t feel like we are enough. Our plans will encounter many pitfalls, but those moments are never the endpoint. Disappointment, at first glance, appears to be the end of the road. But many times, it is actually a gateway to a new path. A better one that we only realize in hindsight. Your failures are not a reflection of who you are or the value of your life. They will go as swiftly as they came. There are also victories that come to stay.
You will have your days to celebrate. You will have your moments throughout the year where you’ll laugh so hard, your belly will ache for days. You will have your joy.
So, write your plans for the new year. Anticipate the best. Feel all the emotions that come with the low moments, and always remember that they are not there to stay. 2019 is going to be a hell of a year and you will survive it.
Hang in there, Champ. You’ve got this.